Jeff Gordon carries the momentum of back-to-back runner-up finishes from Richmond and Chicagoland into New Hampshire for the Sylvania 300 and he was one of the strongest contenders this July in the Camping World RV Sales 301 before running out of fuel during the final caution flag.
For the second consecutive week, Jeff Gordon finished second to Brad Keselowski. Last week, he was the runner-up at Richmond and this week he finished 1.76 seconds behind the Penske racer in the MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland.
After slapping the wall at Atlanta in his most recent attempt on a similarly-configured, 1.5- or two-mile track, Jeff Gordon hopes to get back on target at Chicagoland.
Jeff Gordon finished second in the Federated Auto Parts 400 without leading a lap. He spent 396 of 400 laps inside the top five, however, with his four circuits outside that mark coming immediately after a restart.
Jeff Gordon will race Chassis No. 24-816 this weekend. It was raced four times previously in 2014, including in the April Toyota Owners 400.
Jeff Gordon had the quickest 10-lap session in Richmond’s first practice. He posted a speed of 123.880 mph during his first circuits on the track.
Jeff Gordon is the top-ranked driver at Richmond for the Federated Auto Parts 400. Three of his last six attempts on this track ended in top-fives, including a second in the spring 2014 Toyota Owners 400.
After posting the quickest 10-lap average in the second session, Jeff Gordon backed that up with another top speed in final practice. He posted a speed of 183.299 mph during his first 10 laps on the track and reportedly had the quickest five- and 15-lap averages as well.
Jeff Gordon posted the quickest 10-lap average in the second practice for the Oral-B USA 500. His speed of 181.050 mph was posted during his first 10 laps on track.
Jeff Gordon will drive chassis No. 24-861 in the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta this week. This car has been raced four times previously in 2014.
On Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Jeff Gordon is scheduled to make his 750th career Sprint Cup Series start.
No matter how a player handicaps the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta, Jeff Gordon should be considered a top choice. He has a perfect record of top-10s on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year and enters the weekend with three consecutive top-10s at Atlanta.
Fighting apparent handling issues, Jeff Gordon went from being a top-five contender in the early stages of the Irwin Tools Night Race to fighting simply to stay on the lead lap in the final minutes. He lost that battle and finished 16th Saturday night.
Jeff Gordon missed the pole by 8/1,000ths of a second and will lineup second for Saturday night’s Irwin Tools Night Race.